Royal Trinity Hospice has welcomed its first tenants this weekend, as tenants moved into the first flat of the stunning six-flat development, ‘The Elms’. The income from the unique redevelopment, located at No29 Clapham Common Northside, will help to put Trinity on a more sustainable footing over coming years as the funding climate becomes ever more challenging.

The building at No 29 was bought in 1899 and has been part of Trinity’s estate for over 100 years. The magnificent Grade II listed Georgian building was once the home of English architect Sir Charles Barry, who worked on his designs for the Houses of Parliament in his study here. Under Trinity’s ownership, it was converted into two wards to care for patients.

Due to its conservation status, Trinity was unable to update the wards in line with the latest advances in clinical care and so old wards have remained empty since the completion of the award-winning purpose build inpatient centre in 2009.

The decision to redevelop No29 as flats reflects a growing commitment to securing long-term, sustainable funding streams for the hospice. It costs £11million each year to provide Trinity’s services, and less than a third of this is provided from the NHS.

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive of Trinity said, “We are delighted to welcome our first tenants this weekend. The development of the Elms project helps to ensure we are making the best use of our estate. I’m confident that by investing in our past, we are helping to secure our future.”

The flats were designed by architects Sketch Design Ltd and are being let by Hamptons International Estate Agents Clapham. The new properties do not affect any of Trinity’s patient services or our garden space.

Pictures: James Balston Photography and Sketch Design Ltd